Sunday, 8 December 2013

John's Legacy


A man wandering in the desert, dressed in clothes made of camel hair, and eating locusts and wild honey. (Mark 1:4-8).

Not exactly sartorial elegance. More of an eccentric if you ask me.

Yet this was a man with a mission.

His mission – to tell everyone about Jesus. To prepare them for His arrival.

His name – John, the Baptist. In case you confuse him with another John.

An outspoken man who feared no one in his quest to do what God had asked him. He even dared to criticize the king, and paid dearly with his life for doing so. (Mark 6:14-29).

His legacy to us?

Courage and Obedience.

Despite living in dangerous times, this man had courage to speak out and tell the world about Jesus; and dared tell the King that he was wrong.

How often are we presented with the opportunity to speak about God, about our religion and our Christianity. Do we shy away and miss a good opportunity to witness for our Lord? Or have we got a tiny fraction of John’s courage? And obedience?

4 comments:

  1. What a great saint to pray for help with the virtue of courage and obedience. Courage being one of the four Cardinal Virtues.

    Oh, to have just a fraction of John's courage!

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    1. So true Hand-Maid. And I feel so guilty when my Faith sometimes falters.

      God bless you and yours.

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  2. Hi Victor! Oh boy, I hope I have a fraction of John's faith, because that would translate to a ton to me. What a witness to the power of the Holy Spirit. I continue to pray everyday for the spirit to fill me with 'fortitude' to be obedient and to be unafraid to speak my faith.
    There isn't a lot of support in the world for people of faith. I guess they think we are all crazy. We are! Crazy for our Father who created and loves us. They don't know what they are missing, that's for sure.

    Have a good evening my friend,
    Ceil

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    1. Sadly Ceil, the world is moving away steadily but surely from God. here in the UK Christianity, and the belief in God, is often mocked on TV and the papers. Opinion formers often suggest that the very belief in "an old man floating on a cloud" (quote from TV) is too laughable these enlightened days.

      It takes courage for us to stand up for God these days. Our Blogs are a good example of this.

      God bless you and your family.

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